How to Clean a Plumbing Snake

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Things You'll Need

  • Bucket

  • Bristle brush

  • Disinfecting soap

  • Bleach

  • Rubber gloves

  • Hose

  • Towel


Wear rubber gloves when cleaning the snake to protect yourself from germs.

A plumbing snake is a flexible metal tube that fits inside a plastic tube. On the end of the flexible tube is a metal auger. You place the auger into a clogged drain, grip the plastic tube and turn the handle on the other end of the flexible tube at the same time you force the flexible tube into the drain. This clears out the clog in the drain. Plumbing snakes work well, but it is common for the snake to come into contact with items in the drain that you would not want laying around in a closet or utility room. Always clean your snake thoroughly before storing it.

Step 1

Fill a bucket up with hot soapy water. Use a quality disinfecting soap in the water. Pour 1 cup of bleach into the water per gallon of water.

Step 2

Take the bucket and the snake outside where your garden hose is located.

Step 3

Push the flexible hose out of the plastic tube and place the snake on the ground.

Step 4

Wet the bristle brush in the bucket of soapy water and scrub the auger, flexible hose and plastic tube with the bristle brush. Rinse the brush as needed. Be cautious when cleaning the auger; it has pointy ends that could cut you if you're not careful.

Step 5

Spray the snake off with your garden hose and wipe it down with a clean towel.

Step 6

Empty the dirty water into the lawn and spray the nylon brush and bucket clean with the hose. Store the bucket and hose outside or disinfect them with bleach.

Lisa Wampler

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